After our annual trip to the Las Vegas Furniture Market, we’ve returned home to Kansas City with a pocket full of pictures and a suitcase full of our favorite up-and-coming design trends and home decor accessories. What are the latest interior design trends? Will brass still be in-style next year? Keep reading and find out!

Ed and I had a blast checking out the Las Vegas Furniture Market last month. We have a blast wherever we go, and wherever we go, I am a window-shopping, textile-touching, trend-scouting, camera-toting treasure hunter.

I returned home with tons of accessories and design ideas that I can’t wait to share with you and incorporate into our current projects! I LOVE that Ombre patterns are still gaining momentum. Check out this set of gorgeous handmade vases from Global Views that I picked up for a current project. I love the neutral tone and the gradual shift in colors!

The brass trend has really exploded over these past few years, so much so that the marketplace has become saturated, often times with flashy imitations. Last year we anticipated a huge shift away from shiny metals and predicted what I now happily refer to as “The Muted Movement”. For a long time, bright silver finishes like chrome and stainless steel have also been favored. Lately though, warmer metals in matte finish have been making a strong come back. While brass is still in-style, I strongly recommend high-quality products in small doses with minimal shine, like this beautiful table lamp I found at Port 68.

It also comes in aged iron:

Finishes with combinations like bronze + gun metal also appear in the latest lighting collections, like this EF Chapman Small Ring Form Table Lamp. It has this “Smooth Rustic” look that I love.

While geometrical shapes have been in the forefront these past few years, we are starting to see these patterns challenged and skewed; circles are getting flattened, rectangles are suddenly elongated and patterns are becoming intertwined and more complicated.

The Barry Goralnick Bracelet Lamp (above) and the Cooper Table Lamp (below) is a perfect example of this twist we’re seeing on the geometrical shapes trend.

Here are some more pics I took at the Las Vegas Furniture Market that show how the Muted Movement has made its way into the metals in our wall art and accessories, fixtures, and furniture. While shiny brass may be on its way out, gilded gold and matte metals are hot, hot, HOT!

This photo comparison is the perfect example of how HARD it can be for the average person to shop for lighting without seeing the fixtures in person. Here is the product photo of Visual Comfort Studio’s Wright Table Lamp in a gilded iron finish with paper shade:

Even the photos I snapped in person don’t do this table lamp justice, but it should help you to envision incorporating muted metals within your home’s decor.

We’re also seeing these muted metals featured in the latest furniture designs, like these gorgeous nail head embellishments at Norwalk Furniture:

Do you see this swivel chair? It was soooo comfortable and the color and fabric pattern is right in line with today’s styles.

I absolutely LOVE Norwalk Furniture! Not only is their furniture Made in the USA, the quality is impeccable, and their styles are on trend yet timeless.

Here’s a few official pics from Norwalk Furniture just to give you an idea as to why I get so excited to visit them in Vegas:

Last year we started to see a shift away from the ever-popular rich, dark woods, and we predicted that white-washed woods, weathered oaks and grey finishes would rise in popularity. Grey-inspired, whitewashed, and light woods with natural distressing has made a huge impact this year. Here are a few Vegas Market finds that have a combination of the muted metals and natural distressed wood finishes.

Here’s a peek at how these whitewashed woods were put into play in one of our recent interior design projects at Design Connection.

In this recent wine cellar project, I selected a weathered oak gray finish and carried this look through the wine cellar and tasting area, using the same coloration on the floors, as well as cement grey paint on the walls and ceiling. (Click the pictures to learn more about this project)

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I also have some beautiful Las Vegas Furniture Market-inspired bedroom ideas to share in the next coming weeks—stay tuned—or sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss out on our latest projects, design inspiration, and advice!